Festival features variety of fun

Johnnie Meier

On Thursday July 8th, the Tucumcari Route 66 Festival will kick-off with a unique Tucumcari event, the Second Annual Trail Ride Through the Trails West Lounge.

That evening, around 7:30 PM, riders on horseback will ride their horses into the Trails West Lounge. Each will ride up to the bar, and order a beer. The “Trail Ride” is this year in honor of Bob Bonds, an old-timer Tucumcari cowboy who was a pioneering bar rider who will miss this year’s event.
Karen and Robert Alarcon, the owners of the Trails West Lounge, said they were pleased with last year’s Trail Ride and have been enthusiastic about the Second Annual event.
“We’ll have food, giveaways, drink specials, and entertainment to celebrate the event,” said Robert.

The Fourth Annual Tucumcari Route 66 Festival continues Friday at 7:00 PM at the Convention Center with a Comedy Dinner Show featuring Ruby Ann Boxcar who will be crowned Queen of the Festival. Boxcar has been featured on ESPN-2, VH-1, the Food Network, and Fox News as well as in magazine and newspaper articles including a story in USA Today. In a review of one of the entertainer’s cookbooks, Publisher’s Weekly said, “Free of the restraints of haute cuisine, the Michelin guide, and roofed kitchens in general, Boxcar weighs in with highly entertaining recipes and helpless hints…makes for the kind of entertaining often associated with milk coming out of ones nose.”

Tickets to the Ruby Ann Boxcar Comedy Show and Coronation, which includes a barbecue dinner, are available from the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce or at the door while seats are available. Classic TV Western star Red Ryder will also entertain the dinner crowd with stories and rope tricks. Saturday morning, Boxcar will lead the Wang Dang Doodle Parade at 9:00 AM down old Route 66 in Tucumcari throwing chocolate kisses to the crowd. Starting at 10:00 AM at the Convention Center, there will be a classic car show, a vintage travel trailer show, vendors, food, movies, and a car crush. For Rodeo fans, the Buckaroo Ranch Rodeo will be held at the Fairgrounds at 4:00 PM Friday and Saturday.

A classic Rock ‘n Roll Revue will be presented Saturday night at 7:30 PM at the state-of-the-art Tucumcari High School Auditorium featuring the Rock ‘n Roll group the Fireballs. The Fireballs got their start in 1958 in Raton and went on to record for Norman Petty in Clovis, appeared on American Bandstand in 1960 and had the hit song, “Sugar Shack.” Appearing on the same show are The Nomads and the Atomic Garage.

Tickets to the Fireballs Rock ‘n Roll Revue are available at the TeePee Curio Shop in Tucumcari or can be charged by phone at 1-505-461-3773. Tickets will also be available all day at the Convention Center and at the door until they are sold out. For more information on the Tucumcari Route 66 Festival.